While the average winter break might include laying by the pool or hitting the slopes, we’ve put together some alternative winter break options for sun-worshippers and snow aficionados alike. If you want to soak up some rays, why not do it in Costa Rica where you can raft down rapids in the Pacuare River (we apologize in advance for the life jacket tan). But if snow is your thing, you can choose to hang out with penguins on a polar expedition instead. No matter the weather, snow or sun, we’re forecasting a winter break that’s well out of the ordinary. 

Alternative sun breaks 

If sun and adventure is what you want, trade trudging to work for trekking to the top of an active volcano in Nicaragua. Dive into the crystal blue waters of Caye Caulker and swim among manta rays. Or if caffeine is calling to you, explore Colombia’s coffee region in a traditional estancia where you’ll pick, roast and, of course, sample fresh coffee. These are sun destinations done differently.

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Explore laidback Cuba on a two-wheeled round-trip adventure from Havana. Cycle along...

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Trek the Sierra Maestra’s best mountain trails on this active adventure across Cuba,...

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Alternative snow breaks 

If you love the magic of winter, embrace the cold while riding a dog sled through Finnish Lapland or chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland. And believe us, if you’ve ever witnessed the Aurora Borealis while soaking in a natural hot spring, you would understand why Icelanders tend to believe in magic (and elves). These winter breaks are nothing short of enchanting.

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Explore the taigas of Finnish Lapland on this eight-day adventure across pristine peaks...

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Experience the festive markets of Central Europe. Go Christmas crazy in the market...

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